2019 Auto Bild All Season Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingReference Summer: 42.4 M
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 52.6 M
Dry BrakingReference Summer: 37.9 M
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2: 44.4 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Quatrac Pro: 72.6 Km/H
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 66.2 Km/H
Dry HandlingReference Summer: 86.3 Km/H
Cooper Discoverer All Season: 82.5 Km/H
WearMichelin CrossClimate Plus: 70800 Km
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 39000 Km
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Weather Control A005: 08.45 kg / t
Reference Summer: 11.17 kg / t
NoiseNexen N Blue 4 Season: 71.3 dB
Reference Winter: 73.9 dB
Straight AquaReference Summer: 76.8 Km/H
Continental AllSeasonContact: 68.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingReference Winter: 23.3 M
Reference Summer: 69.3 M
Snow HandlingGoodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2: 56.9 Km/H
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 54.8 Km/H
ValueNexen N Blue 4 Season: 05.34 Price/1000
Bridgestone Weather Control A005: 10.26 Price/1000
PriceNexen N Blue 4 Season: 320
Michelin CrossClimate Plus: 450
For the first time in 2020, Tyre Reviews will be performing its own all season tyre test, but until then, the Auto Bild all season tyre test is the best you can get! Testing ten sets of all season tyres in 225/45 R17 using a BMW 1 Series, and including a summer and winter tyre as reference, Auto Bild have done as thorough a job as ever for their 2019 all season tyre test.

The most notable performances follow the trends other tests have shown during 2019. The new Bridgestone WeatherControl A005 couldn't deliver on the foundations laid by the strong wet and dry braking performance in the shootout test, finishing ninth overall due to a very average snow performance, but more importantly for UK drivers, very high wear.

The Vredestein Quatrac Pro again impressed, beating the established excellent all season tyres from Goodyear and Continental to second place, with a sporty handling feel in all conditions, coupled with good dry and wet grip.

It's no surprise that the Michelin CrossClimate+ won another test, but it was a surprise the "summer optimised" all season tyre from the French manufacturer was second in snow handling. Apparently, it is now a tyre that can do everything.

As this is a German tyre test, they put more weighting on snow performance than we perhaps would in the UK, however the top four places are all excellent all season tyres, with the Goodyear the best if you expect to experience a lot of snow and ice, and the other three patterns having slightly different blends of dry, wet and snow performances.

As always, check out all the glorious data below to decide which tyre is the best for your own personal driving circumstances.

Dry

Due to very strong performances by the new comers from Maxxis and Bridgestone, the usual dry weather braking king, the Michelin CrossClimate+ had to settle for third overall. As usual, all ten all season tyres struggled to match the reference summer tyre, with the Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 the worst of the all seasons, tying with the reference winter tyre.

Michelin asserted it's dry dominance during dry handling, with the Vredestein Quatrac Pro the best of the rest. Both tyres were reported to have a sporty handling feel when compared to other all season tyres on test.

Wet

The wet braking test showed the summer tyre having an even bigger advantage. The Bridgestone A005 continued its run of excellent wet braking results to stop the car ahead of all the other all season tyres, and the new Vredestein Quatrac Pro again impressed.

The Vredestein Quatrac Pro was the only all season tyre to beat the summer tyre during wet handling, with the Continental, Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone all closely matched.

Dry braking and aquaplaning are often opposing qualities, so it was surprising Maxxis also won the aquaplaning testing! Vredestein, Michelin and Continental were the worst in testing, which highlights the deemphasis of aquaplaning results in new premium designs.

Snow

 The winter reference tyre had a narrow advantage over the best all season tyres, with the summer reference tyre performing as expected.

Goodyear again won the snow handling test, with a surprisingly strong second placed for the dry-optimised Michelin CrossClimate+. 

Value

It's no surprise Michelin won the wear testing, the French manufacturer consistently has the best wearing tyres in the market. Continental again prove they've fixed their wear issues with the latest generation of products, wearing nearly as well as the Michelin, and proving better value overall thanks to a lower purchase price.

The cheaper tyres on test had the best mileage / purchase price balance, with the Continental, Michelin and Goodyear performing well.

Environment

The Bridgestone and Continental had very low rolling resistance results.

Nexen had a significant advantage in external noise testing.

Results

Michelin CrossClimate Plus1st: Michelin CrossClimate+
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+6.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-1.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.6Km/H)
  5. Wear: 1st (+0Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.93kg / t)
  7. Noise: 11th (+2.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-6.8Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 6th (+2.1M)
  10. Snow Handling: 6th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  12. Value: 4th (+1.02Price/1000)
  13. Price: 10th (+130)
Positive: Convincing all round performance with sporty driving characteristics in all conditions. Precise steering, short wet and dry braking, lowest wear and good comfort.
Negative: None mentioned.
Overall: Test winner.

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Vredestein Quatrac Pro2nd: Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+4.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 9th (+5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-1.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 6th (+-18800Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1.41kg / t)
  7. Noise: 5th (+0.8dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-6.4Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 5th (+1.6M)
  10. Snow Handling: 5th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1Km/H)
  12. Value: 8th (+1.87Price/1000)
  13. Price: 6th (+55)
Positive: Excellent year round tyres with impressive qualities on ice and snow, sport handling on wet and dry roads, precise steering response with good feedback, short braking distances in the wet.
Negative: Average wear.
Overall: Exemplary.

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Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 23rd: Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+5.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+6.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-1.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 3rd (+-6700Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.9kg / t)
  7. Noise: 4th (+0.7dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-3.9Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  12. Value: 5th (+1.06Price/1000)
  13. Price: 8th (+90)
Positive: An excellent all season tyre with strong winter characteristics, safe handling and a good balance int he wet, good comfort, good mileage, good price to wear ratio.
Negative: Slow steering in the dry.
Overall: Good.

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Continental AllSeasonContact4th: Continental AllSeasonContact
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+7.5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+4.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-1.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-1.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 2nd (+-3100Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.19kg / t)
  7. Noise: 7th (+1.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 12th (+-7.9Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 3rd (+0.9M)
  10. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 6th (+-0.9Km/H)
  12. Value: 3rd (+1.01Price/1000)
  13. Price: 9th (+110)
Positive: A balanced all season tyre with sporty wet handling, low wear, short braking distances and stable cornering on ice and snow, good price / performance ratio, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Slightly extended wet braking.
Overall: Good.

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Hankook Kinergy 4S25th: Hankook Kinergy 4S2
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+8.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 6th (+4.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 7th (+-20300Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+1.02kg / t)
  7. Noise: 8th (+1.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-4.6Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 4th (+1.5M)
  10. Snow Handling: 4th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 4th (+-0.3Km/H)
  12. Value: 7th (+1.59Price/1000)
  13. Price: 3rd (+30)
Positive: Strong winter performance, good traction and dynamic handling on snow, good aquaplaning safety, good wet and dry handling, good price to performance ratio.
Negative: Slightly extended wet braking.
Overall: Good.

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Nexen N Blue 4 Season6th: Nexen N Blue 4 Season
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+4.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-2.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-2.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 4th (+-10900Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+2.57kg / t)
  7. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-5.8Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 9th (+2.4M)
  10. Snow Handling: 9th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 5th (+-0.8Km/H)
  12. Value: 1st (+0Price/1000)
  13. Price: 1st (+0)
Positive: Low priced all season tyres with a safe balance in all weathers, stable cornering and short braking in the snow, low wear, good price to performance ratio, low noise.
Negative: Slightly extended wet braking, high rolling resistance.
Overall: Good.

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Maxxis Premitra All Season AP37th: Maxxis Premitra All Season AP3
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+8.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+1.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-3.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-2.1Km/H)
  5. Wear: 9th (+-22700Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.43kg / t)
  7. Noise: 2nd (+0.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-2.5Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 10th (+3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 10th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 8th (+-1.2Km/H)
  12. Value: 9th (+2.04Price/1000)
  13. Price: 4th (+35)
Positive: A new all season tyre form a Chinese manufacturer with safe handling on snow and dry roads, good aquaplaning resistance, short dry braking distances.
Negative: Average grip in the wet, long wet braking, average wear.
Overall: Good.

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Kumho Solus HA318th: Kumho Solus HA31
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+7.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+5.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-3.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-3.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 5th (+-11200Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.61kg / t)
  7. Noise: 3rd (+0.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-6.3Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 7th (+2.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 7th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 9th (+-1.8Km/H)
  12. Value: 2nd (+0.62Price/1000)
  13. Price: 4th (+35)
Positive: Good aquaplaning properties, low wear, short braking distances on snow, low noise.
Negative: Average snow handling, slightly extended wet and dry braking distances, soft dry handling, average comfort.
Overall: Average.

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Bridgestone Weather Control A0059th: Bridgestone Weather Control A005
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+3.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+1.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-1.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-1.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 10th (+-31800Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  7. Noise: 10th (+1.8dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-5.3Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 11th (+3.8M)
  10. Snow Handling: 11th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 11th (+-2.1Km/H)
  12. Value: 10th (+4.92Price/1000)
  13. Price: 7th (+80)
Positive: Short braking distances and sport handling in the wet and dry, good aquaplaning reserves, low rolling resistance.
Negative: Average performance in the snow, very poor wear.
Overall: Average.

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Cooper Discoverer All Season10th: Cooper Discoverer All Season
  1. Wet Braking: 12th (+10.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+3.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 12th (+-6.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 12th (+-3.8Km/H)
  5. Wear: 8th (+-20700Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.47kg / t)
  7. Noise: 6th (+1.1dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-3.1Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 7th (+2.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 7th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 10th (+-1.9Km/H)
  12. Value: 6th (+1.35Price/1000)
  13. Price: 2nd (+15)
Positive: Good aquaplaning resistance, short braking distances in the snow and on dry roads, low price.
Negative: Poor cornering and long braking distances in the wet, slow steering and poor balance in the dry.
Overall: Not Recommended.

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Reference Summer11th: Reference Summer
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Wear: 1st (+-70800Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 12th (+2.72kg / t)
  7. Noise: 8th (+1.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 12th (+46M)
  10. Snow Handling: 12th (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 12th (+-56.9Km/H)
  12. Value: 12th (+-5.34Price/1000)
  13. Price: 12th (+-320)
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Reference Winter11th: Reference Winter
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+6.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-2.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-2.3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 8th (+-70800Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.6kg / t)
  7. Noise: 12th (+2.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-4.7Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  10. Snow Handling: 1st (+-23.3s)
  11. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  12. Value: 2nd (+-5.34Price/1000)
  13. Price: 2nd (+-320)
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